When most young adults leave the Island, especially after missions, they know they may never return, because there is really no future here for them, if they want a better life then their parents. Marla is a returned missionary, she has been home about 1 year and finished all the schooling she could at the College of Micronesia, so it is now time for her to move off the Island to further her schooling. She knows she may never come home again, so it was a very bitter-sweet goodbye, for us, but especially for her parents.
As we helped unload the car, and get her luggage checked in, I had a chance to talk to her Mom and Dad for a few minutes and mentioned what an amazing women Marla is, and what a great job they had done as her parents. That they had prepared her all her life for this moment, when she must leave and move forward with her life.
As we talked, Pres. Ongesal made the comment that he and Sis. Ongesal had been asking themselves if they were doing the right thing, letting her go, he said they knew they were, but it still made it hard, because they also know this may be the last time they see her for a long time, if not for the rest of this life. They do not have the money to visit her where ever she is, and she does not have the money to return home and visit them. Many times these young men and women even get married without their parents ever meeting their spouse's or seeing their child get married.
As we talked we decided it is probably a lot like when our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother sent us off to earth, They probably wondered if they were doing the right thing and worried about us also ,as they sent us off to earth. They knew they had prepared us the best they could and they knew it was the best thing for us, but I can't help but think, it is still hard for them each time they send one of us off, knowing some may never come home again.
I decided, it takes a lot more love to let go, knowing that by letting go, we are doing the best thing for our children. Just like our Heavenly Parents did for each of us.
|Elder LeFevre, Marla, Sis. LeFevre|